Man accused of randomly shooting at several Lexington locations

Layne Alexander Chadwell
Layne Alexander Chadwell

Police have arrested a man who they say admitted to randomly shooting at several places in Lexington on Monday afternoon.

Layne Chadwell, 19, is accused of firing multiple shots from a handgun in a Speedway gas station on Paris Pike, according to a court document. An employee was nearly hit.

Witnesses said Chadwell then got into a car and fired more shots while traveling on Paris Pike, the arrest citation read. According to the police report, Chadwell fired shots a third time near a building on North Broadway, within sight of an on-duty police officer. Chadwell later admitted to firing the shots, the report read.

Chadwell is charged with one count of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.

A day earlier, several windows were shattered at the main office of the Lexington Herald-Leader in downtown Lexington. Small-caliber bullets, possibly including those from a BB gun or air rifle, are suspected as the cause, said Brenna Angel, police public information officer. It was too early to determine if the incidents were connected, Angel said, but Chadwell had a handgun and the damage at the Herald-Leader might have been caused by a BB gun or air rifle.